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Casey Jones Imperial IPA - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Casey Jones Imperial IPACasey Jones Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flexabull on 05-13-2007

This double IPA has twice the hops and grains as its counterpart. Significant floral, citrus, and peppery notes on the nose, yet even with the enormous hop profile, the huge grain bill results in a very well balanced brew.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that leans more towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that consistently left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is more complex than the smell, having flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus and spicy hops along with some hints of caramel and toffee malts and notes of piney hops, the latter of which lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid Double IPA. The only things that are a little detracting is that the mouthfeel lacks crispness and the alcohol starts to creep in towards the back end of the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Toronado.

Appearance: Clearish amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Intensely resiny hops, no real malt presence here, just hops. I'm all for intensely hoppy DIPAs but this one seems a bit one-dimensional.

Taste & mouthfeel: Resiny, slightly grassy hop flavors up-front quickly followed by a palate-annihilating bitterness. Malt is non-existent. In fact, after a few sips, you can't really taste anything other than the bittering hops, which are hilariously relentless. Hands down this is the most bitter DIPA I've ever tasted, well past the point of balance and really just undrinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub, but reviewing a bomber purchased from the Jug Shop in SF.

Dark saturated copper orange, visible streams of rising carbonation. Thin layer of foam at first, fading quickly to a thin ring around the edges. Bright clarity, drippy crown of lacing at the top rim of the glass that drips down.

Smells a bit floral, vegetal, catty, and medicinal... hoppy sure, but a little odd. "Better on tap" for sure.

Tastes malt forward, an initial flash of sweet caramel with some dry piney herbal notes, bitter aspirin, topsoil, raw hop bitterness. A little harsh, long lasting bitterness in the finish. Needs something to balance, the bitterness becomes a little one dimensional and builds on itself quickly over time. Medium bodied and sippable. Fans of piney bitter DIPA will enjoy this, but it was a bit lacking in terms of a west coast hop bomb.

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Photo of jlindros
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this in a great trade with colonelforbin. Looks like an interesting beer, and makes me want to watch Ninja Turtles.

A: Pours a nice thick 2 finger head with many big bubbles that slowly fades. A pretty clear copper color reveals many rising bubbles.

N: Grassy earthy noble style hops barrage the nose. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus also accompany them on the hops side. A very slight crystal malt aroma beds by in the background. It adds a slight chewy hop aroma that gives the impression of chewy hops to come. It also has a very slight bready aroma and almost fruit juice.

T: Taste starts with more bitter hops. Teh bitterness hits quickly, giving the Imperial IPA a strong label. It comes with some pine and citrus, but a lot less of the fruit, grapefruit, and pineapple as the aroma had. Mostly just lots of bitter tastes. Some light crystal malt tries to come through. The acidity is pretty high as well. This feels like chewing on raw hops, with hop oils and extract flavors coming through as well. This tries to call itself well balanced, but I say well balanced my ass... it's all pure bitterness and hop extract, not even much for hop flavor. They had a nice aroma for it but the taste is nowhere to be found.

M: Decent body and carbonation, somewhat chewy, high acidity and almost a 3rd degree burn in bitterness.

F: Again pure raw bitterness, although once the swallow is gone it seems to drop by a factor of 10 million, but then starts to rise back again by another 7 million. I've had Lagunitas Hop Stupid plenty of times and calling this one balanced over that is like calling Casey Jone's cocaine addiction while driving his train safe. A very long bitterness just overpowers almost any other flavor that tries to come out, and takes scores of minutes to fade (I've been waiting to say scores in a review for a while now). It's something to try, but very hard to swallow. I would only recommend trying when you can split the bomber with 3-4 other people at least. I just have to say that this is a west coast style Imperial IPA taken too far.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark clear amber color with a white foam, not too abundant, poured in the Affligem chalice. A little lacing adds to the attractiveness. Filtered; no sediment. Lovely flowery aroma with some piney resins. Spritzy on the tongue with a medium malty body.

This is a darker, less sweet sort of DIPA. The taste of bark and herbs comes through the roasted malt. More grainy than most big IPAs. Some candied grapefruit peel, but not overly bitter. Hints of chestnuts and a whiff of fermenting pineapple. A little woody with some orange in the finish.

This gets better as it warms. An interesting mix of dark, yet flowery flavors. A surprisingly tasty brew that provides a lot of fruit and aromatics. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Exiled.

Pours orange-amber with a white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with some pineapple and cat pea notes to it. Very pungent. The flavor is similar with a lot of bitterness. Lots of hop flavor but it is kind of muddled and I can't really pick out anything particular. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Barclay's on College in Oakland. Pours a beautiful dark amber with burnt orange highlights. Dense head with great retention. Aromas are lightly grainy and with citrusy hops. Surprisingly light smells. The taste is also surprisingly light for the style. Quite soft up front, not sweet, and the hops sneak up on you. The hops are bitter, earthy, and taste mostly of grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel as well is a little thin. I was a little disappointed in this- after having several of their other hoppy beers I thought this would be their best- it wasn't.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Toronado...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mary-jane up front, grapefruit, spicy herb, black pepper, & orange zest.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but very intense on the herbal end with cooked basil and black pepper flavors coming through just a bit too heavy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gummy, chewy, resinous, slightly grassy with sweet notes that quickly turn to bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold crowned by a 2” light cream colored clingy foam collar that slowly recedes over 4 minutes to a thin film.
S: Spicy, malty nose.
T: Big malt, melon, assertive hop citrus rind bitterness, lingering bitter malt flavors. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A big IPA with a nice balance of halt, hop and alcohol and a fulfilling bitterness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than expected, runs the gamut of amber to light brown almost. Great hop aroma. Was getting excited at this point.

Taste, on a non biased palate (I had a few before this one), cut right through. Good hopping, good bitterness. This is a bigger beer than the innocuous label would lead you to believe (you know, the ones that prominently brag on their ibus & abvs).

Mouthfeel, bitterness and high alpha (acidic?) hops seem to be about all that catches hold, and there is nothing wrong with that. Balance is for amber ales. Some grit to it. $5.99 at Ledger's in Berkeley was well worth it.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the toranado, casey jones is brownish orange with a white head leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is bready malt, pine and grapefruit.

Taste starts off heavy on the malt, sweet caramel. The hops come through with big citrus, orange marmelade. A little tropical. Modest bitterness. Smooth, the bruising ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier, chewy side. Slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. Very well made, balanced, and dangerously smooth. Too much caramel for me though.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is a hazy dark copper with a dark murky grey head and large bubbles. Nose is slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar, doughy underneath with pine and faint citrus in back. Taste is a touch more hoppy and citrusy. The malt is sugary and lightly sweet with a burnt grain. Body falls off in back, nicely carbonated but the sugar gives it a grainy feel.

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Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually use the terms "unbalanced" or "over-hopped," and those terms are not necessarily criticisms, but this beer is nearly a hop tea. I like hops and I certainly like this beer, but I'm not sure that I will be able to taste anything for a week. The beer pours a solid, darkened amber, and the head leaves good lacing. The aroma is very strong and excellent. The beer smells like a handful of crushed hops. There are floral, citric and pine notes. While adding this much hops made for a great aroma, they just overwhelm the taste. I like hops and like the flavor, but you can't quite taste everything without more malt. The beer is quite bitter, so the feel suffers somewhat but the oiliness of the hops is still enjoyable. Drinkability is good, but switching to anything but a DIPA would be impossible after a glass of this beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 4/29/14 and purchased the very next day at City Beer Store for $6.99, wow that's fresh! Orange, slightly hazy with minute particulate, good lace and short head. Aroma of peach, alcohol, malts. Flavor is fruity hops, peach, alcohol, a little too astringent though. Overall a nice beer, super fresh but doesn't knock my socks off. Solid tho.

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Photo of illidurit
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #700! On tap at Toronado SF. Poured into a pint glass. Orange-goldenrod color with a creamy ecru head that lasts for a while. Aroma is hugely hoppy, with tons of resinous unripe grapefruit drupelets and no malt to speak of. Flavor is similar, very dry and resinous with pine and citrus zest coating the tongue. Insanely herbal and bitter, easily the bitterest beer I've ever had. Pure hop juice. Zero malt. Finish is very dry and lingers for a while. Medium body and good drinkability if you're a hop addict. Epic beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle on the patio of my hotel in Laguna, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pours a bright orange colour with small white head and minimal lacing. Smells pretty hoppy, mostly citrus hops. Quite a lot of caramel malt sweetness, more similar to an East Coast double IPA actually. Good carbonation level.

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Photo of ffejherb
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bomber brought back from a summer trip to Cali. Shared on 7/28/09 with BAs Deuane, FooFaa and SierraGS.

A - Poured a hazy deep orange/copper-colored body with a limited head that receded to a thin ring and spotty lace.

S - Rich and syrupy aroma with heaps of caramel malt and toffee candy notes. Hops seem to be buried underneath a pile of malt. There is also a slight cookie dough malt character as well as some floral hop notes in the background.

T - Thick and rich, and way too sweet and malty for a DIPA, with an inordinant amount of burnt caramel and sugary malt. Hop profile is really cluttered and muddy, with perhaps a scant burnt earthy hop character and that's about it.

M - Thick and syrupy, yet very smooth and slick with soft carbonation. Finishes with a lingering burnt astringent bitterness on the palate.

D - I like this beer about as much as the song after which it is named. Of course, that's not saying a lot, because I hate the Grateful Dead! Disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of Deuane
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, this is a momentous brew, it has been chosen to be my 1,000th review. The reason I picked this one was to prove that I don't only review "good" beers! Thanks to ffejherb for hauling this one back from Cali. Also shared with FooFaa and Sierrags.

A-Deep, dark copper color with a significant amount of haze. A medium off white head reduces to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S-A boatload of sweet caramel malt with a healthy backing of spicy, peppery hops.

T-WTF! From the initial sip I am not impressed. This has got to be one of the maltiest and bitter/astringent brews I have ever had. The first touch on the palate isn't too bad...but then comes the swallow....UGH...horrible.

M-Medium-heavy and a syrupy mess. Not good at all! LONG lasting, but unpleasant, hop bitterness.

D-I did not dig this brew at all! Between the 4 of us sharing this bomber, and all of us LOVE hoppy brews, we ALL drain poured our portions. I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be like this or not. Did we get an old bottle? Was this one simply bad? Or,is this really supposed to be this massively unbalanced? I would like to try it fresh on tap some day to find out.

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Photo of flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark gold color with a large fluffy head. Looks great!

Aromas are of caramel, and some bitter mineral notes from the hops.

Taste has an undertone of caramel and creamy malts. There is a tangy and tart citrus hop finish, it is slightly bitter as well. The hops are not overwhelming, but they are there, and are done well. This beer is nicely balanced, a bit more subtle than others in the style. However, it is certainly not lacking in flavors, and is quite interesting.

Nice full mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability is good. A nice beer, this is an easy to drink DIPA, that has some very nice flavors.

Also sampled this on tap at the brewery a few days ago... a bit better on tap.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don’t think that Iron Springs gets enough recognition. Part of it is because so much of their offering s are only on draught at the brewery, and what they bottle doesn’t get very far. Take Casey Jones—it’s fantastic for a DIPA, and that’s coming from a region that knows DIPAs. This pours a ruddy golden color. There’s a great hoppy profile sitting atop it. Piney and floral. Tasty—some piney and floral hops, chewy too. Big but balanced with a malt backbone that mellows things out without needing to be a star player. It hides its strength. Citrusy, grapefruit notes meet up with some piney resin to create all-around goodness.

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Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Gary at Blackwell's - Thanks! He said this was bottled the day before the box went out and actually saw them bottling out on the sidewalk! That would put this DIPA at 1 and 1/2 weeks of age.

The appearance of the beer has no signs of "trouble ahead". It's a copper color, just a bit darker than I would expect from a West Coast IPA. But the beer is as clear as one of Dupree's diamonds and the unbroken chain of active carbonation bubbles is immaculate. The head retention is a bit on the light side, but there is some spotty lace left behind. A good start to the show!

The smell of this beer is great! It really jumps out of the glass with citrus and some pine. There's a touch of sweet caramel malt underneath that comes through as well. Just like when Mickey Hart takes the microphone, there's not a ton of depth, but the expression is good and I'm up and grooving to this jam!

Let's start with the good: this beer isn't unpleasant. However, it's more of a 1991 show than a 1977, if you catch my drift. The biggest flaw of the taste is that there's a bit too much booze coming through and way too much bitterness. Some sweet malt and citrus hops start things off, then a huge pine and grapefruit bitterness comes through. As big as the bitterness is, you would think it could mask all the alcohol. But it can't.

The beer is a bit on the syrupy side and the lingering bitterness is really bordering on astringent. Fresh Casey Jones drinks OK, but I don't see how someone could slam this down. You won't need to "watch your speed".

And you know that notion just crossed my mind! I'll skip this in the future, but I'm always happy to have a beer with a Dead reference in the name.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours cloudy amber with a quarter inch head of white. A partial skim coat with some dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics feature a subdued amount of hops. Sugar-dusted pine and grapefruit with a hint of tropical fruit.

Medium bodied with a slick, tacky mouhtfeel. A bit flat and limp.

Sweet malt, candied grapefruit, orange segments, and pine sap lead off the palate. A solid but smooth bitterness steps forward with grapefruit rind following through.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, grapefruit, and sweet malt.

Tasty enough but the nose is seriously lacking for a IIPA and the low carbonation doesn't help. It's also a bit malt-heavy and the hops are pretty standard fare on the palate.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with a friend. Got from mjl21...aka Mike. Thanks for everything like usual of course!

A- Poured a deep dark amber color. Tons of haze in this beer. Good 1 1/2 inch off white head. Left good amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Huge piney smell. Uhm...I mean huge huge pine hop smell. Citrus hops come out a little as well. No malt backbone whatever to speak of. This makes my mouth water with the hop presence.

T- Well a slight citrus hop front followed by a massive bitter hop explosion that takes up the rest of the beer. Pretty much a one trick pony with this beer. I like bitter DIPA's so this is amazing to me.

M- This is a medium heavy beer. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation was perfect with the beer smoothly walks over your palate leaving a huge bitter hoppy resin coating the tounge.

D- This was a good beer that if I could I would have again and again. Mike hooked me up with yet another beer that I can't get enought of. I will look at getting this in a trade again for sure.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for procuring the bottle in San Francisco.

Appearance:Slightly hazed copper with some.burnt orange hues. Head is white and loose. Drops to a small loose, bubbly cap with a small.collar. Some splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit for days. Pithy, juicy flesh. Bright citrus with some.nice elements of tangerine. A small backing pine bitterness. Malts offer a nice supporting backbone. Deeply breast with caramel malt sweetness. Nicely balanced. Pear. Mealy and floral. So much grapefruit.

Taste: Cooked caramel malt sweetness layered over a ton of grapefruit at the start. Pithy with a floral edge. Bready. Pine needle bitterness. Sweet flowers. Some mealy pear, tangerine flesh and zest, and of course, grapefruit. Oily. Warming amps up the sweetness and the breast aspect. Almost like challah at times. Vaguely minty with an aspirin bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick and oily. Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Some lingering bitterness. Juicy and wet.

Overall: Not quite cool enough to hang with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Balanced but a bit off overall. Hop profile feels a bit mismatched and unpolished. Decent malt presence, but a bit too sweet and wet in the long run.

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Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.